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  • Clinical and Pathophysiological Overview of Acinetobacter Infections: a Century of Challenges. [Review]
    Clin Microbiol Rev. 2017 01; 30(1):409-447.Wong D, Nielsen TB, … Spellberg B
  • Acinetobacter is a complex genus, and historically, there has been confusion about the existence of multiple species. The species commonly cause nosocomial infections, predominantly aspiration pneumonia and catheter-associated bacteremia, but can also cause soft tissue and urinary tract infections. Community-acquired infections by Acinetobacter spp. are increasingly reported. Transmission of Acin…
  • [Colchicine: old medication with new benefits : Use in rheumatology and beyond]. [Journal Article]
    Z Rheumatol. 2021 Sep; 80(7):647-657.Boyadzhieva Z, Ruffer N, Krusche M
  • Colchicine, the toxin of the autumn crocus, has various anti-inflammatory effects. For this reason, it is being used for the treatment of several autoinflammatory diseases, such as gout or familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). In addition, some interesting studies have been published which suggest the benefits of colchicine in cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, various anti-inflammatory therapeu…
  • Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine. [Randomized Controlled Trial]
    N Engl J Med. 2020 12 31; 383(27):2603-2615.Polack FP, Thomas SJ, … C4591001 Clinical Trial Group
  • CONCLUSIONS: A two-dose regimen of BNT162b2 conferred 95% protection against Covid-19 in persons 16 years of age or older. Safety over a median of 2 months was similar to that of other viral vaccines. (Funded by BioNTech and Pfizer; number, NCT04368728.).
  • [Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, which rheumatologists should know]. [Review]
    Z Rheumatol. 2021 Feb; 80(1):54-64.Krusche M, Schneider U, Ruffer N
  • Pericarditis is the term for inflammatory involvement of the pericardium, which can be associated with pericardial effusion and myocardial involvement (perimyocarditis). Pericarditis can be present in the context of systemic inflammatory rheumatic diseases but can also constitute a distinct disease entity. Idiopathic recurrent pericarditis (IRP) describes relapsing conditions of pericarditis with…
  • [Thiamazole-induced arthritis]. [Case Reports]
    Z Rheumatol. 2021 Mar; 80(2):180-183.Brinkman A, Schneider U, … Krusche M
  • We report the case of a 42-year-old male patient with acute onset of asymmetrical polyarthritis of the medium and large joints as well as fever and elevated serological inflammation markers. The symptoms began shortly after initiation of thiamazole treatment for newly diagnosed Graves' disease. Antithyroid arthritis syndrome (AAS) is a rare but serious adverse side effect of antithyroid treatment…
  • [Telemedicine in rheumatology]. [Journal Article]
    Z Rheumatol. 2020 Nov; 79(9):883-892.Krusche M, Mühlensiepen F, … Knitza J
  • Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, in recent months we have experienced deep changes in our daily and professional lives. In the context of pandemic containment, routine rheumatological procedures have changed in many areas. To guarantee sufficient protection against the infection for patients and staff, telemedicine (especially telephone and video consultation) has increasingly been u…
  • #Covid4Rheum: an analytical twitter study in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Journal Article]
    Rheumatol Int. 2020 12; 40(12):2031-2037.Ruffer N, Knitza J, Krusche M
  • Social media services, such as Twitter, offer great potential for a better understanding of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs) and improved care in the field of rheumatology. This study examined the content and stakeholders associated with the Twitter hashtag #Covid4Rheum during the COVID-19 pandemic. The content analysis shows that Twitter connects stakeholders of the rheumatology co…
  • [Auricular chondritis as first symptom of ANCA-associated vasculitis]. [Case Reports]
    Z Rheumatol. 2020 Nov; 79(9):902-905.Pfannkuch L, Schneider U, … Krusche M
  • Auricular chondritis frequently occurs in relapsing polychondritis. In addition to the primary form of the disease up to 30% of cases of chondritis can be secondary, e.g. due to autoimmune diseases. We describe the case of a 62-year-old male patient with auricular chondritis as the first symptom of granulomatosis with polyangiitis. Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitis…
  • [Mobile apps and their usage in rheumatology]. [Journal Article]
    Z Rheumatol. 2020 Aug; 79(6):554-561.Krusche M, Ruffer N, … Knitza J
  • The increasing use of smartphones is accompanied by a significant increase in the use of mobile applications (apps). Chronically ill patients could permanently profit from this development.This development is fuelled by the Digital Healthcare Act (DVG), whereby patients have a legal claim to certain apps, so-called digital health applications (DiGAs), which are reimbursed by the statutory health …
  • [Specialist training quo vadis?] [Review]
    Z Rheumatol. 2019 Oct; 78(8):692-697.Krusche M, Sewerin P, … Rheumadocs und Arbeitskreis Junge Rheumatologie (AGJR)
  • CONCLUSIONS: The nationwide number of newly acquired specialist qualifications (between 2015 and 2017) showed a decreasing trend. It is to be feared that the numbers will continue to stagnate, which increases the importance to invest further in medical education. The online survey also showed that the current medical training in Germany has deficits. Here, the new MWBO could create better guidelines for a structured training, which should be guided by the principle of "Teach to Target".
  • Cocaine-induced ANCA-associated renal disease: a case-based review. [Case Reports]
    Rheumatol Int. 2019 Nov; 39(11):2005-2014.Lötscher F, Krusche M, … Kötter I
  • Idiopathic antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) are a group of diseases that are often difficult to diagnose due to the wide range of clinical manifestations. Notably, renal involvement is a serious organ complication, which usually requires intensive immunosuppressive therapy and is prone to recurrence. In recent years, there has been some progress regarding t…
  • The simian crease: Relationship to various genetic disorders. [Review]
    Clin Anat. 2019 Nov; 32(8):1042-1047.Wahl L, Dupont G, Tubbs RS
  • The creases of the palm have been of interest for clinicians, anthropologists, and palmists for hundreds of years, but the variations in them have only been studied during the past 50 years. The simian crease, aptly named for its resemblance to the palmar creases of nonhuman simian primates, has received recognition clinically and anthropologically owing to its abnormal appearance and confounding…
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